Corliss Bean, PhD, CE

PhD, CE Assistant Professor, Recreation and Leisure Studies

Corliss Bean is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies. Her research is focused on positive youth development through sport where she works with community organizations from local to national levels to develop, implement, and evaluate programming to foster psychosocial development. Corliss is also the director of the Centre for Healthy Youth Development through Sport and a member of Youth Research and Evaluation eXchange’s Provincial Academic Network. Her research interests include positive youth development, life skill development, sport psychology, program evaluation, girls and women, and coaching.

Please see below for more details on undergraduate and graduate student opportunities under Dr. Bean and the Centre for Healthy Youth Development through Sport.

  • Positive youth development
  • Life skills
  • Program development, implementation, and evaluation
  • Sport and physical activity
  • Knowledge translation
  • Girls and women in sport
  • Postpartum physical activity
  • Behaviour change


  • Credentialed Evaluator, Canadian Evaluation Society 


Selected Publications (2018-present)

  1. Lesser, I. A., Wurz, A., Bean, C., Lear, S. A., & Jung, M. E. (2023). Participant bias in community-based physical activity research: A consistent limitation? Journal of Physical Activity and Health.
  2. Turgeon, S., Newman, T. J., Lee, L., Bean, C., & Nicholas, O. (2023). Social justice attitudes and behavioural intentions of NCAA student-athletes: The role of life skills. International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology. Advance online publication.
  3. Ritondo, T., Bean, C., & Lesser, I. (2023). “I didn’t know who to ask about how it should feel”: Postpartum women navigating the return to physically active leisure. Leisure/Loisir. Advance online publication.
  4. Allan, V. ^, Bean, C., Kerr, B. ^, & Gassewitz, D. ^ (2023). Partnering for impact: A blueprint for knowledge translation initiatives in the Canadian sport sector. Quest. Advance online publication.
  5. Kramers, S., Bean, C., Hummell, C., Allan, V., Johnson, A., & Turnnidge, J. (2023). Reflections on improving women’s experiences of mentorship in Canadian coaching. International Sport Coaching Journal, Advance online publication, 1-13.
  6. Bishop, E., Turgeon, S., Tang, W., Newman, T., Strachan, L., Bean, C., & Camiré, M. (2023). White privilege in Canadian high school sport: Investigating White coaches’ perspectives on social justice issues. Sport Coaching Review.
  7. Bean, C., Lesser, I., & Ritondo, T. (2023). Women moving forward in pictures: Using digital photographs to explore postpartum women’s physical activity experiences. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health, 15(5), 669-691.
  8. Hummell, C., Shaikh, M. & Bean, C. (2023). Current state and future directions for youth sport evaluation practices: An empirical study. Managing Sport and Leisure.
  9. Lesser, I., Turgeon, S., Neinhuis, C., & Bean, C. (2023). Examining the role of physical activity engagement on psychological constructs and mental well-being of postpartum women. Women in Sport and Physical Activity Journal, 31(1), 40-49.
  10. Dineen, T. E., Bean, C., & Jung, M. E. (2022). Successes and challenges from a motivational interviewing-informed diabetes prevention program situated in the community. Health Promotion Practice.
  11. Newman, T., Turgeon, S., Moore, M., Bean., C., Lee, L., Knuettel, M., & Osmers Rahill, C. (2022). The dual pandemic: COVID-19, systemic racism, and college student-athletic mental health. International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 21(1), 156-173.
  12. Dineen, T. E., Bean, C., & Jung, M. E. (2022). Implementation of a diabetes prevention program within two community sites: A qualitative assessment. Implementation Science Communications, 3(11), 1-17.
  13. Bean, C., Nienhuis, C., Proulx, J. Cash, T., Aknin, L. & Whillans, A. (2021). Coaches’ reflections of using a charity-driven framework to foster youth athletes’ physical and psychosocial outcomes. International Sport Coaching Journal, 9(3), 292-304.
  14. Dineen, T., Bean, C., Cranston, K. D., MacPherson, M. M., & Jung, M. E. (2021). Fitness facility staff can be trained to deliver a motivational interviewing-informed diabetes prevention program. Frontiers in Public Health, 9.
  15. Wurz, A., Bean, C., Shaikh, M., Jung, M. E., & Culos-Reed, S. N. (2021). From laboratory to community: Three examples of moving evidence-based physical activity into practice in Canada. Health & Social Care in the Community.
  16. Shaikh, M., Bean, C., Bergholz, L., Rojas, M., Ali, M.^, & Forneris, T. (2021). Integrating a sport-based trauma-sensitive program in a national youth-serving organization. Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal.
  17. Bean, C., Shaikh, M., Kramers, S., & Forneris, T. (2021). Research note: Does context matter? Differences in program quality, basic psychological needs, and developmental experiences across competitive and recreational youth sport. International Journal of Sports Science & Coaching, 16(5), 1204-1213.
  18. Camiré, M., Newman, T. J., Bean, C., & Strachan, L. (2021). Reimagining positive youth development and life skills in sport through a social justice lens. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 34(6), 1058-1076.
  19. Dineen, T., Banser, T., Bean, C., Jung, M. E. (2021). Fitness facility staff demonstrate high fidelity when implementing a diabetes prevention program partnered with researchers. Translational Behavioral Medicine. doi:10.1093/tbm/ibab039
  20. Camiré, M., Turgeon. S., Kramers, S., Rathwell, S., Bean. C., Sabourin, C., & Pierce, S. (2021). Development and initial validation of the Coaching Life Skills in Sport Questionnaire. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 53. doi:10.1016/j.psychsport.2020.101845
  21. Bean, C., & Wimbs, R. (2021). Running from (with) mom guilt: Exploring experiences of being a mother and training for and running marathons. Leisure/Loisir, 45(2), 245-267. doi:10.1080/14927713.2021.1874831
  22. Bean, C., Dineen, T., Locke, S., Bouvier, B., & Jung, M. E. (2020). An evaluation of reach and effectiveness of a diabetes prevention lifestyle behaviour change program in the community. Canadian Journal of Diabetes (advanced online publication). doi:10.1016/j.jcjd.2020.10.006
  23. Bean, C., Dineen, T., & Jung, M. E. (2020). “It’s a life thing, not a few months thing”: Profiling patterns and associated strategies of the physical activity change process for women with prediabetes over 1-year. Canadian Journal of Diabetes, 44(8), 701-710. doi:10.1016/j.jcjd.2020.09.001
  24. Bean, C., Kramers, S., & Harlow, M. (2020). Exploring life skills transfer processes in youth hockey and volleyball. International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 20(1), 263-282. doi:10.1080/1612197X.2020.1819369
  25. Shaikh, M., Bean, C., & Forneris, T. (2020). Six recommendations for youth sport stakeholders when evaluating their programs. Journal of Sport Psychology in Action. doi:10.1080/21520704.2020.1746709
  26. Kramers, S., Turgeon. S., Bean, C., Sabourin, C., & Camiré, M. (2020). Research note: Examining how coach experience and training affects coaches’ explicitness of life skills development and transfer. International Journal of Sports Science & Coaching, 15(4), 576–583. doi:10.1177/1747954120922367
  27. Bean, C., Sewell, K.^, & Jung, M. E. (2020). A winning combination: Collaborating with stakeholders throughout the process of planning and implementing a type 2 diabetes prevention program in the community. Health & Social Care in the Community, 28(2), 681-689. doi:10.1111/hsc.12902
  28. Kramers, S., Camiré, M., & Bean, C. (2020). Examining program quality in a national junior golf development program. International Sport Coaching Journal. doi:10.1123/iscj.2019-0025
  29. Bean, C., Shaikh, M., & Forneris, T. (2020). Coaching strategies used to deliver quality youth sport programming. International Sport Coaching Journal, 7(1), 39-51. doi:10.1123/iscj.2018-0044
  30. Alberga, A. S., Fortier, M., Bean, C., & Freedhoff, Y. (2019). Youth get a D+ grade in physical activity: How can we change public health messages to help reverse this trend? Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, 44(5), 567-570. doi:10.1139/apnm-2018-0479
  31. Bean, C., Kramers, S., Camiré, M., Fraser-Thomas, J., & Forneris, T. (2018). Development of an observational measure assessing program quality processes in youth sport. Cogent Social Sciences, 4(1). doi:10.1080/23311886.2018.1467304
  32. Bean, C., Kramers, S., Forneris, T., & Camiré, M. (2018). The implicit/explicit continuum of life skills development and transfer for youth sport. Quest, 70(4), 456-470. doi:10.1080/00336297.2018.1451348


Lau, M., Bean, C., & Hummell, C. (2022). How youth athletes can support their own life skill development through sport. Sport Information Resource Centre Blog.

Bean, C., Newman, T., Camiré, M., & Strachan, L. (2022). Using life skills to promote social justice: Youth sport as a vehicle for social change. Sport Information Resource Centre Blog.

Lesser, I., Bean, C., & Hatfield, G. (2022). Heart rate variability and self-compassion: Two tools to help postpartum mothers make exercise decisions. The Conversation.

Bean, C., Lesser, I., & Ritondo, T. (2022). From one mom to another: Tips for being active after welcoming a new baby. Sport Information Resource Centre

Lesser, I., Nienhuis, C., Bean, C., & Ritondo, T. (2022). Returning to exercise postpartum: Supporting women’s physical activity after the birth of a child. The Conversation.

Bean, C., Hummell, C., & Penrose, C. (2021). Ask the experts: Q&A with Chris Penrose about learning from and communicating evaluation findings. Sport Information Resource Centre Blog.

Bean, C., Hummell, C., & Shaikh, M. (2021). Three recommendations for sport organizations when engaging in evaluation. Sport Information Resource Centre Blog.

Romano, A., & Bean, C. (2021). Movement-based approaches to engaging youth in evaluation. Sport Information Resource Centre Blog.


Harlow, M., & Bean, C. (2021). Blog writing: A powerful tool for student learning and mobilizing sport research. Sport Information Resource Centre Blog.

Book chapters

  • Bean, C., & Kramers, S. (2022). How sports can prepare you for life. In S. N. Thrower,  V. Shanmuganathan-Felton, & C. Harwood (Eds.), Frontiers for Young Minds: The psychology behind sports performance.
  • Bean, C., & Kramers, S. (2019). Coaching with intentionality: Working towards explicit approaches for life skills development. In F. Santos, L. Strachan, & P. Pereira (Eds.), Coach education for the next decade: The need for a positive youth development paradigm (pp. 63-76). Porto, PT: School of Higher Education, Polytechnic Institute of Porto.
  • Bean, C. (2017). Program quality in youth sport and physical activity. In K. Peppler (Ed.), SAGE Encyclopedia of Out-of-School Learning (pp. 632-633). New York: SAGE Publications. doi:10.4135/9781483385198.n241
  • Forneris, T., Bean, C., & Halsall, T. (2016). Positive youth development programming with marginalized populations. In N. L. Holt (Ed.), Positive youth development through sport (2nd ed., pp. 168-179). London: Routledge.
  • Leisure, Health and Wellbeing
  • Program Evaluation in Recreation
  • Child and Youth Work in Community Recreation
  • Recreation and Leisure Services Field Experience
  • Post-doctoral Fellow, the University of British Columbia (2020) 
  • Doctorate in Philosophy, Human Kinetics, University of Ottawa (2017) 
  • Master of Arts, Human Kinetics, University of Ottawa (2013) 
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours), Human Kinetics, University of Ottawa (2011)

Dr. Bean is accepting applications from students interested in completing a thesis-based master’s. Those interested should read Dr. Bean’s current academic publications and locate an area of study that aligns with her expertise (e.g., positive youth development through sport, program evaluation, behaviour change, knowledge translation, postpartum women’s physical activity). In addition, Dr. Bean supervises directed studies courses at the graduate level (e.g., AHSC 5P60, AHSC 7P60) that complement her research interests and through the Centre for Healthy Youth Development through Sport. If you are interested, please reach out to discuss this opportunity.

Dr. Bean supports RECL 3P00, RECL 4P00 and RECL 4F27 undergraduate student opportunities that complement her research interests and as part of the Centre for Healthy Youth Development through Sport. If you have a topic that you would like to explore, please reach out to discuss.